Color Shape River

Like a lot of preschool boys, J doesn’t sit for anything. He’s always on the go, always moving.

When it comes to doing anything educational, I know that I need to get his whole body involved.  So, I came up with our shapes and color river.

Color and Shape Jump!

The simply cut out a few shapes out of different colored paper and taped them to our floor in the shape of a river.  I placed a toy on the other side of the “river” for J to rescue.

Preschool Play: Color Shape River

I  told J that a certain shape or color is safe, like red, and he has to jump from one red shape to another to keep from falling in the water.

Preschool Play: Color Shape River

He jumped back and forth across the river to save his toy over and over again.

Preschool Play: Color Shape River

Each time he went back and forth we changed the shape or color he had to use.

Preschool Play: Color Shape River

These shapes stayed on the floor all day long and J had a great time playing.

Preschool Play: Color Shape River

It was loads of fun, great for those big gross motor skills, and educational too!

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I was a Mental Health Counselor who worked with children and mothers in both individual and group counseling environments before I became a Stay at Home Mom to two boys. I have a Bachelors Degree in Child Development and Family Studies and a Masters in Counseling where I specialized in Play Therapy.


  1. Catherine says

    VERY neat idea! You stated that you used paper… would form sheets work too? I’m thinking durability… but maybe slippery?

    Love this way of getting colors and shapes into young minds through Kinesthetic approaches. Will DEF do this next week in my classroom.

    Thank you – from me, and my little ones.

    • Amanda says

      Thanks Catherine!

      Laminating them would make them more durable, but they might be slippery. I bet foam shapes would work great. I taped the shapes I used to the carpet to keep them from sliding around too much.

      I hope that your little ones loved the activity!


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